Gloucester County Board of Commissioners would like to warn residents of future scams of fake calls attempting to get your Social Security
In one version of the scam, the Federal Trade Commissioner says the caller says your Social Security number has been linked to a crime (often, he says it happened in Texas) involving drugs or sending money out of the country illegally. He then says your Social is blocked – but he might ask you for a fee to reactivate it, or to get a new number. And he will ask you to confirm your Social Security number.
“The Social Security Administration would never send unsolicited calls, texts or emails asking for your Social Security number,” Commissioner Director Robert M. Damminger said. “We’ve heard that scammers are targeting individuals, specifically seniors, for their Social Security information while citing that their bank account is in jeopardy if action isn’t taken.”
“Scammers are always looking for new opportunities. Unfortunately, that means taking advantage of individuals,” Commissioner Lyman Barnes said. “There are key red flags to look out for when you suspect a scam, so try to remember these to be prepared.”
- Unsolicited calls or emails
- Messages that ask to “verify” or provide information
- High- pressure tactics like asking for things “immediately”
- Any fee involved
- Lookalike checks – they may look exactly like a government check
If you ever have a concern or questions concerning a suspicious email, text or call, please reach out to the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs at 1-800-242-5846 or visit their website.